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B12 Wednesday, October 3, 2012 ,J p ,n .i B, O ROBERT SMITH Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN Charlie Daniels has been playing pro- fessionally since 1958. He has played with countless fa- mous musicians and won many awards, including two Grammys. His 1979 single, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," is a legendary crossover radio hit. He helped co-write a song made famous by Elvis Presley. He re- corded three albums with Bob Dy- lan and had numerous collaborations with The Marshall Tucker Band. After more than 50 years on the road tour- ing, most people would feel satisfied and be ready to take it easy. Not Charlie Daniels. "I will retire when I am 100," Dan- iels said. "I make no plans for retire- ment. Really, when you get right down to it, what would I retire to do? There's a lot of things I enjoy doing: I enjoy horseback riding, I enjoy playing golf, I enjoy hunting and fishing, I enjoy a lot of things. But, none of them I en- O joy as much as playing music. There somebody like me -- in fact, I used to is nothing to retire to for me. My wife play rock music with a bluegrass band travels with me everywhere I go, so because I was so intrigued with it -- it's like home away from home for me. to play rock." Daniels said he bought There's no reason for me to do any- an electric guitar when he was 18 and thing else. My health is good and I am started applying this new sound. "It still able to entertain people. I would was my thing. Then I went into Bill retire if I couldn't entertain people." Haley, Little Richard and Fats Domi- The soon-to-be 76-year-old music no then later on, Wilson Picket and the legend has successfully blended coun- R&B-type people." try music and rock music throughout Aside from Presley, Daniels said his career. The songwriter behind such working with artists like Dylan and hits as "Long Haired Country Boy" Leonard Cohen allowed him to learn and "The South's Gonna Do It" draws new things. upon many genres of music, all going The Wilmington, N.C., native grew back to his childhood influences, up in an era before on-demand music "When I first started playing, I got platforms, such as iPods and satellite into a bluegrass band because I was radio. New music was harder to come into fiddling. I was a bluegrass purist, by for an aspiring musician. That is what I wanted to hear and what "The time that I came along, radio I wanted to play." . stations were far and few between," That all changed with the arrival on Daniels said, in his distinctive South- the music scene of Presley, Carl Per- ern drawl. "In the rural part of the kins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The rocka- South where I came (from), maybe billy style was guitar-oriented rather your town would have one and maybe than the hem-oriented and had a pro- it wouldn't. But the radio stations liter- found impact on Daniels. ally had the mandate that they had to '"Rock music started with big bands have something for everybody. They playing music with a beat, if you look would play gospel music on Sunday. back on it," Daniels said. "When they They would play country music in the came along, it made it possible for morning and when the kids came home .i Y Inwo venue to expand mu cal genre Shiley Acres isn't just for hard rock bands anymore. Owner Greg Shiley Said he wants to broaden the appeal of the open air concert venue that he revived this year after a two-decade break. 'We plan on doing some country western music, we plan on doing some blue- grass in the future and we plan on doing rock and roll," Shiley said. 'We plan to do Southem rock and modern rock, too." Shiley said reopening Shiley Acres was a challenge, but worthwhile. 'q-he re- sponse from the fans and the community, from the County Council to the sheriff's department, has all been all good. We are looking forward to next year. We have a lot of stuff on our plate." Shiley is excited about this Saturday's show, which features Charlie Daniels, who last appeared in the area in 2009 at Pickin' in the Panhandle. 'qhis is going to be fun," Shiley said. "1 have wanted to do Charlie Daniels for 34 years. I have waited a long time to do this show. Rain or shine, it's going to be a blast." - Robert Smith from school, whatever pop music of the over chart topper. His music appeals to : day happened to be. When I first start- many different audiences. ed to listen, it was Big Bands. I was "When I think of our music, if I lit- exposed to so many different kinds of erally had to put a genre to it, I would music during my formative years that call it 'American music' because we when I got ready to do original music do basically all the kinds of music that it all just stayed with me and I have al- America has contributed to the world ways been irreverent to mixing styles music scene," Daniels said. "We do of music." country, we do jazz, we do rock, we do Because of his myriad of musical influences, Daniels has been a cross- @ See DANIELS Page B13 ~m Shepherdstown's Sotto Voce festival puts poetry in limelight this weekend CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff SHEPHERDSTOWN - Robert Frost, the New England poet as be- loved as ever nearly a half-century af- ter his death, once explained his work this way: "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." Friday and Saturday in Shepherd- stown, the eighth-annual Sotto Voce Poetry Festival will spotlight Frost and other award-winning poets with a series of lectures, workshops and other events, many of them open and free to the public. One of the most anticipated offer- ings comes Saturday afternoon when award-winning poet and Ohio State University professor Andrew Hud- gins presents "Out, Out," a talk on Frost and his 1916 poem by the same name. The Texas-born Hudgins - a Pu- litzer Prize finalist for "Saints and Strangers," his 1985 volume of poet- ry - will deliver the free talk at 4 p.m. at Four Seasons Books at 131 W. Ger- man St. Hope Maxwell-Snyder, who con- tinues to run the festival she launched in 2005, says that over the years it Andrew Hudgins, a poet who teaches at Ohio State University, on Saturday will present "Out, Out," a free talk on Robert Frost. The lecture is part of the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival, which begins Friday in Shepherdstown. has attracted participants from the re- gion as well as from far away as D.C., New Jersey, New York, even Califor- nia. "The festival stemmed from my passion for poetry," said Maxwell- Snyder, who grew up in Bogota, Co- lombia, where her grandfather passed along his love for poetry, asking that she memorize and recite poems. Maxwell-Snyder, who holds de- See POETRY Page B13 t Historic 'Asylum' finds home in Charles Town CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - Art lovers can see 20 images from award-winning photographer Rip Smith's latest proj- ect, "Asylum," in the Old Firehouse Gallery at the Washington Street Art- I .a, t, ,b o~ ~u ~J 7, o, ':,, RIP SMITH '~, ists' Cooperative now through Oct. 28. Virginia hasn't held patients since : It's an insider's look into the gargan- 1994. These days, the building is pri- tuan structure where mentally ill West vately owned and available for the pub- .'. Virginians were treated for more than a lic to tour. century starting in 1864. Smith's project began in the summer Known first as the Trans-Allegheny of 2011 as he drove back to the Eastern , Lunatic Asylum and then Weston State Hospital, the facility in central West See ASYLUM Page B14 ,~